Sunday, September 13, 2009

Getting to the Facts


We all know that facts are funny little things. They either help or hinder us. And, given the fact that I live with a fact-collector (aka hubby), I'm usually pretty cautious about my personal fact-giving. .


Facts are stubborn things;
and whatever may be our wishes,
our inclinations, or the dictates
of our passion, they cannot alter
the state of facts and evidence.
John Adams
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Like you, I get a plethora of email forwards about this or that worrisome thing. I've learned (the hard way) to get my facts straight before parroting anything, though I must admit that some facts are harder than others to ferret out.
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Here's what www.FACTCHECK.org (a non-partisan resource) has to say in summary about President Obama's Health Care claims this week. If you want to read the full peace, click here: Health Care.
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Summary
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President Obama’s prime-time address to Congress and the nation on health care prompted a Republican congressman to shout “you lie!” Did he? Here’s what we’ve found:.


  • Obama was correct when he said his plan wouldn’t insure illegal immigrants; the House bill expressly forbids giving subsidies to those who are in the country illegally. Conservative critics complain that the bill lacks an enforcement mechanism, but that hardly makes the president a liar.
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  • The president said “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.” But the House bill would permit a “public option” to cover all abortions, and would also permit federal subsidies to be used to purchase private insurance that covers all abortions, a point that raises objections from anti-abortion groups. That’s true despite a technical ban on use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion coverage.
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  • The president repeated his promise that his plan won’t add “one dime” to the federal deficit. But legislation offered so far would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
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  • The president overstated the degree of concentration in the insurance industry. He said that in 34 states the "insurance market" is controlled by five or fewer companies, but that’s true only of insurance bought by small groups, not the entire "insurance market."
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  • Obama said his plan won’t “require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.” It’s true that there’s no requirement, but experts say the legislation could induce employers to switch coverage for millions of workers.
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Over and out ... and THAT's a fact!
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Resources/Fact Checking ...
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SNOPES: http://www.snopes.com/
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REFERENCE DESK: http://www.refdesk.com/
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BING: http://www.bing.com/?scope=web&FORM=ZDLE
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7 comments:

Denise said...

Wow, thanks for this.

Heart2Heart said...

Kathleen,

Thank you for highlighting some of the key issues of the Government Health plan and also where we too can check out the sources to determine what is truth and what is not.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Rebecca. Harlan, IN said...

So important that professing Christians (of ALL people) get their facts straight. It IS difficult though to know how to actually get to the facts.

I'm really liking your blog. As a soon-to-be 61 year old, I enjoy the "fellowship of mature blogger friends...."

beBOLDjen said...

I'd like to highlight one particular part of the bill which causes me great concern as a parent. The bill contains a provision for something called a School Based Health Clinic to be established. Basically it's a comprehensive health clinic IN the public schools. The bill also provides the opportunity for an outside "sponsoring facility" to manage care in the clinic with oversight only at a Federal level as opposed to a local school borad.

As a parent I want to be the sole person responisble for my child's health. I do not want them receiving care at school as this jepordizes parental control which should be esteemed not undermined!

You can read the parts of the bill which are of particular concern here:

http://www.afa.net/pdfs/schoolbasedhealthclinics.pdf

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

Thanks for the info on this....

~Beth

christy rose said...

Thanks for the facts!
Christy

Rosezilla said...

We, as Americans and especially as Christians, do need to get our facts straight. Too often we just sound hysterical. Our faith is in God not government.